We've converted the first floor sun porch into a bed room - Kitchen, Laundry, off-street Parking, and a shared bathroom. Lovely view of the garden and the beach that is just outside the backyard; you can go swimming at the beach!
We live in an 18 room 160 year old house that was once occupied by just one family! Barney has lived here all of his life, our 4 children grew up here, and we like the combination of a small town dynamic, living on the beach, and still be 20 minutes from the center of the city.
Enjoy the fresh fruit in the bowl on the kitchen table, the orange juice, english muffins, yogurt, and Mary's homemade granola. Barney makes great coffee early in the morning, as well as a fresh batch of his signature muffins!
You will have full Kitchen to make meals, Back Porch for Outdoor Meals, and Lounging. Back yard for relaxing. Laundry room. Baby Grand Piano on the second floor that you are welcome to play.
Interaction with Guests
We interact with guests when we are around, which is usually in the evenings. Conversation, guidance about Boston and New England. We are available to greet and facilitate our guests' visits; we can be around as much, or as little, as needed. We will provide detailed directions to access the house if guests arrive when we are not at home.
A diverse, residential neighborhood with lots of families and trees. Paths to jog or walk on the beach, easy access to bike rental, food shopping, restaurants, and coffee shops. The neighborhood is old - people who come here, stay here. Large Victorian houses - two city parks - walk along the harbor. 10 minutes away is a local, breakfast spot: McKenna's, open at 5:30 and Savin Bar and Kitchen open for lunch and dinner till about 11. About 20 minutes walk away are several restaurants - Indian, Chinese, Pizza, Vietnamese, Irish, UMass Boston, and the JFK Presidential Museum.
We are located an easy and pleasant 10 minute walk from the red line, providing easy access to all parts of the city, airport, Amtrak train, bus station, ferries to Cape Cod, and beyond. The Red Line operates from early morning till just after midnight daily, and later on the weekend.
Other Things to Note
You can walk out of the back yard to Dorchester Bay and the beach. The harbor walk bike path starts there and goes on for miles. Enjoy the fresh fruit, orange juice, english muffins, and yogurts in the morning or anytime. Barney makes great coffee in the morning as well as his signature muffins! All guests have access to a full kitchen for cooking and/or enjoying meals. Feel free to play the piano; we love music in the house!
If you have a car, If you have a car, NEVER PULL INTO THE DRIVEWAY UNTIL WE HAVE ASSIGNED YOU A SPOT TO PARK! Instead, park on the left side of the street upon arrival and we will assign you a parking space in our driveway as soon as possible. Our house is on a curve so park a little before or a little after our house, rather than right on the curve. The walk will be just a few steps.
Check in time is 2 PM, check out time is 10 AM. Guests who arrive early or need to stay later are more than welcome to use the common areas on the first floor: living room, kitchen, and bathroom, for luggage storage, relaxing, etc. as convenient on the either the day of arrival or departure.
No Smoking in or around the house
Amazing hosts and wonderful atmosphere ! This was my second stay with the Carney's and I will be returning! Highly recommended :-)
I can't express enough gratitude to the Carney's for the availability of Spikey's Sunporch at the last minute. Weather conditions affected my plans and they were able to assist.
It is the smallest room in their house but it was my second time staying in it. It is actually very lovely and comfortable.
The Carney Family can`t not be better! They`re super nice. The room I book before was wrong with heater and they changed a bigger room for us. Everything is perfect and just fantastic as description. It is a great experience and we will definitely would like to be Carney`s guest when we come here next time. Strongly recommend.
The only word for this place and people is AMAZING! This is my first time to use airbnb, I didn't expect everything would be perfect, but it is! The cozy bedroom and living room, super clean bathroom, well furnished kitchen.... and most importantly, the host family is so nice and friendly! I forgot to bring my adapter then Barney lent me one. He helps me a lot, I don't know how to thank him...
My stay with the Carney Family in their sunporch was overall a good value. I will be honest and say that the setup was different than any other AirBnB I've been to in the past. This room is basically an added-on small room separated from the living room by a thinner wall with windows. They provided very specific directions about where to park and how to enter when I arrived, which I appreciated! From what I could tell, the setup was basically a very large house with a separated upstairs/downstairs plan. I'm still not positive, but it seemed like they rent out several rooms on the bottom floor and stay on the top floor themselves? When I arrived there were a few girls sitting in the living room, who I think I surprised a little so it felt somewhat uncomfortable at first. Barney came in after a few minutes and apologized for the coldness of the room and noted that there was a bit of a misunderstanding about my arrival time and that he hadn't yet turned on the heater. The room itself was furnished well for a small space and the bed was as pictures-- a single/twin bed. They had towels all prepped for use in the room and a laminated sheet with house rules and wifi info.
The rest of the stay was a little iffy for me. I needed to sleep earlyish (~10pm) and the noise and light from the common area outside made it a little difficult. I have to be honest about the temperature in the room-- it was cold... like, really cold (I would guess 60F max). I felt the floor heaters on and I tried to turn them up, but they put out minimal heat from start to finish of my stay. It was exceptionally cold outside so I can understand, but I wish there was a larger heater or instructions on how to make it warmer. I could have asked so I have to take some blame, but I didn't really know who to ask so I felt uncomfortable roaming around.
The off street parking was fantastic! The neighborhood is nice and quiet and seemed very safe.
The airport for me was a 14 minute drive at 4am in the morning.
Also-- like others mentioned, you have to walk through the kitchen to the bathroom. I thought for sure this shared bathroom would be a problem, but I was able to use it without waiting the 2 times I had to!
Overall: This was a very quick 9 hour stay for me and, despite the aforementioned issues, I still felt like it was a good value. I wish I would have been more forward about asking for help warming up the room, but live and learn. I can see that on warmer days this would be a great affordable stay!
This location is warm and inviting. The communication was impeccable. The doors to the rooms are well marked. The room was perfect, (I needed a quiet place to study for the night). The atmosphere is quiet and cordial among those sharing the house.
A beautiful house with warm and welcoming hosts. I had a wonderful stay. Thank you.
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Mary and Barney Carney live here in the Savin Hill neighborhood of Boston. As a family of 6, we've lived in this house for about 27 years, Robert, who's 19, Andrea, who's 31, and John and Grace who are 20 year old twins. are also here from time to time.
We're Bostonians and New Englanders from birth; we spend time here, in Provincetown and in Vermont. We don't have much spare time because Mary and Barney work full time, in higher education and computing. All four of our children have gone to the oldest school in the United States, Boston Latin School. We're all involved in community activities, mostly music - choirs, bands and the like, some politics and some church, and many other kinds of activities.
We live in what may be the most diverse square mile in Boston - people of every model and make. We've always had people living with us; we've sponsored refugees and had guests from around the world. There are lively discussions and debates about everything from quantum mechanics to driving habits, from living to dying, from rock climbing to meditation.